EAST WARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
435 Washington Avenue Downingtown, PA 19335
Office: 610-269-8282 FAX: 610-873-3440
Mr. Nicholas J. Argonish
February 27, 2012
I’m writing today to inform you that labor negotiations between our district’s foodservice vendor, Aramark
Incorporated, and their cafeteria workers, represented by the Teamsters Union, have stalled. I am
sending home this letter to inform you of the steps that have been planned should a cafeteria work
First and foremost, Aramark has assured us that they will continue to provide food service to all of our
schools should a work stoppage occur. Aramark administrative employees will man the kitchens and
serve the food. Although the menu may change from the one previously advertised, your child will be
provided a meal option. We will post any new menus on our website as soon as we receive them. We
will do our best to post daily menus in advance.
The Downingtown Area School District contracts with Aramark to provide cafeteria services to our
schools. No one on our School Board or administrative team is involved with this labor negotiation’s
process. DASD does employ administrative assistants and technology workers who are also represented
by the Teamsters Union. However, we have learned from these groups that they will continue to work
throughout any Aramark work stoppage. Schools will remain open, our office staff will be there,
services will continue, and food will be served.
Should a work stoppage occur, you may see “informational pickets” outside of our schools. The purpose
of informational picketing is to get your attention and support. I want you to be aware of this fact in case
you pick up or drop off a child and see this occurring.
Again, in the event of an Aramark work stoppage, there will be no disruption to food service. Meals will
be available. The menu may change. Dr. Mussoline is in contact with Aramark’s management team. In
the event of an Aramark work stoppage, either he or Dr. Reed will call you using the Alert Now phone
system. Please be sure to listen to the full content of any Alert Now Message as we do not want you to
confuse this message with a snow closing alert.
Nicholas J. Argonish
“Committed to Excellence”